Since founding DofE in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh has attended over 500 Gold Award Presentations. This summer The Duke will host two more; one in Belfast and another in Edinburgh to celebrate Gold Standard recipients across the UK.
The Duke met several of people at Buckingham Palace today to hear about their achievement.
In total, over six million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.7 million Awards since 1956.
The award takes 12 months to complete and requires work in five different fields including; volunteering, physical achievement, practical skills and undertaking a shared activity in a residential setting away from home.